Cottage Grove residents are encouraged to join neighborhoods across the nation on Tuesday, Aug. 1, to get to know one another and help keep their neighborhoods crime-free as they celebrate National Night to Unite.

Residents can enjoy a summer evening helping to building a strong community and raise awareness of crime prevention while spending time with their neighbors at block parties.

You get to decide how to celebrate. Some neighborhoods have potlucks, barbecues, pizza parties, kids' games, ice cream socials, music, or simply sit on the front porch and visit with one another.

The Police Department, the Fire Department (and McGruff the Crime Dog!), elected officials and city staff visit many gatherings as part of this crime prevention event.

Children can enter the coloring contest for a chance to win a free reservation of the building at Highlands Park. The coloring contest is sponsored by the Recreation department. Coloring page (Download the coloring page here) should be turned in at City Hall or the Ice Arena by Monday, July 30 to be eligible for the drawing. 

Donations for the Fill the Backpack Campaign backpacks and paper products will be accepted again this year.

The event is sponsored by the Cottage Grove Department of Public Safety and the Cottage Grove Public Safety Board.

Register to host a party by July 25.  Learn more about Night to Unite on the City’s website at or call 651-458-6035.

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